Deforestation Essay

3595 Words May 23rd, 2016 15 Pages
Deforestation
Deforest is defined as the cutting down and removal of all or most of the trees in a forested area. (Dictionary.com) The action of deforestation damages the quality of the land. The removal of trees without sufficient reforestation has resulted in damage to habitat, biodiversity loss and aridity. (Wikipedia) Deforestation affects the environment greatly and is one of the primary contributors to climate change. When deforestation occurs, carbon dioxide is released and remains in the atmosphere. As the carbon dioxide accumulates it catches radiation, which leads to heat. Oxygen doesn’t hold radiation like greenhouse gasses do. The heat that is produced is considered global warming. Trees store carbon and when it is cut down
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One principal that deforestation violates is the equity principle. Equity is defined as the quality of being fair or impartial; fairness; impartiality. (Dictionary.com) According to Joe Streit, author of “Green Okapi: Environmental Principals applied to Deforestation”, when arguing against deforestation, it should be mentioned that it decreases the standard of living of people living near deforested areas, and mainly provides money for large companies that is not fairly distributed to the poor. Another principle that seems to be violated is the basic human rights principle. Everyone is entitled to life, health, and well-being. The Executive Director of the UN Environmental Programme Klaus Toepfer stated that “the fundamental right to life is threatened by soil degradation and deforestation”. (Streit) The change in climate, precipitation, and ground water can be linked to premature death. Therefore deforestation has resulted in multiple ecological impacts.
Human impacts of deforestation are large and there is a need to influence change to support future generations. First, human health, when erosion occurs lakes and other water sources can be affected. The erosion causes poor water quality and in turn degrades human health in the surrounding areas. Another health issue is air contamination. As humans we require oxygen to survive. The less trees that we have to balance our gas emissions the worse the air quality is. One example of…

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